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Hit Lit : Cracking the Code of the Twentieth Century's Biggest Bestsellers

By (author) James W Hall

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DISCOVER THE SECRETS OF WHAT MAKES A MEGA-BESTSELLER IN THIS ENTERTAINING, REVELATORY GUIDE What do Michael Corleone, Jack Ryan, and Scout Finch have in common? Creative writing professor and thriller writer James W. Hall knows. Now, in this entertaining, revelatory book, he reveals how bestsellers work, using twelve twentieth-century blockbusters as case studies--including "The Godfather, Gone with the Wind, To Kill a Mockingbird, "and "Jaws." From tempting glimpses inside secret societies, such as submariners in "The Hunt for Red October, "and""Opus Dei in "The Da Vinci Code, " to vivid representations of the American Dream and its opposite--the American Nightmare--in novels like "The Firm "and" The Dead Zone, " Hall identifies the common features of mega-bestsellers. Including fascinating and little-known facts about some of the most beloved books of the last century, "Hit Lit "is a must-read for fiction lovers and aspiring writers alike, and makes us think anew about why we love the books we love.

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  • Paperback | 294 pages
  • 137.16 x 203.2 x 20.32mm | 226.8g
  • 10 Apr 2012
  • Random House Publishing Group
  • Random House Trade
  • New York, NY
  • English
  • 0812970950
  • 9780812970951
  • 240,599

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James W. Hall is the author of seventeen novels, four books of poetry, two short-story collections, and a book of essays. He's also the winner of the Edgar and Shamus awards.

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""Hit Lit" is fascinating. Every would-be writer should read it. Every knowledgeable reader should dive in, too. It brings a valid understanding to publishing phenomena that seemingly were unexplainable. With this book you see the forest and the trees."--MICHAEL CONNELLY "I learned more about fashioning a bestseller from "Hit Lit" than from any other book, or any experience, I've encountered in my thirty-five years as an editor and publisher. Even established and successful authors need this guide."--OTTO PENZLER

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